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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
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  It is an honour for a man to cease from strife.    Bible.  10755
  It is an ill sign to see a fox lick a lamb.    Proverb.  10756
  It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.    Proverb.  10757
  It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as to invent.    Emerson.  10758
  It is as easy to be a scholar as a gamester.    H. R. Haweis.  10759
  It is as easy to deceive one’s self without perceiving it, as it is difficult to deceive others without their finding it out.    La Rochefoucauld.  10760
  It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance, as to discover knowledge. (?)  10761
  It is as little the part of a wise man to reflect much on the nature of beings above him as of beings beneath him.    Ruskin.  10762
  It is as much a part of true temperance to be pleased with the little that we know and the little that we can do as with the little that we have.    Ruskin.  10763
  It is as much intemperance to weep too much as to laugh too much.    Proverb.  10764
  It is as natural for the old to be prejudiced as for the young to be presumptuous; and in the change of centuries each generation has something to judge for itself.    Ruskin.  10765
  It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet an old man whose opinions are not ossified.    J. F. Boyes.  10766
  It is as sport to a fool to do mischief.    Bible.  10767
  It is at least fatal to the philosophic pretension of a line or stanza if, when it is fairly reduced to prose, the prose discloses that it is nonsense.    John Morley.  10768
  It is bad, having once known the right, / And the impulse of nobleness prized, / To accept the less worthy, and order the fight / For a cause that is meaner, and walk by a light / That you once had despised.    Dr. Walter Smith.  10769
  It is beneath the dignity of a soul that has but a grain of sense to make chance, and winds, and waves the arbitrary disposers of happiness.    Lucas.  10770
  It is best not to be angry; and best, in the next place, to be quickly reconciled.    Johnson.  10771
  It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.    Aristotle.  10772
  It is best to take half in hand and the rest by and by.    Proverb.  10773
  It is best to take with thankfulness and admiration from each man what he has to give.    John Morley.  10774
  It is better and kinder to flog a man to his work than to leave him idle till he robs and flog him afterwards.    Ruskin.  10775
  It is better for a young man to blush than to turn pale.    Cato.  10776
  It is better for the man whom God helps than for him who rises early.    Cervantes.  10777
  It is better living on a little than outliving a great deal. (?)  10778
  It is better not to live at all than to live dishonoured.    Sophocles.  10779
  It is better to be a self-made man, filled up according to God’s original pattern, than to be half a man, made after some other man’s pattern.    J. G. Holland.  10780
  It is better to be affected with a true penitent sorrow for sin than to be able to resolve the most difficult cases about it.    Thomas à Kempis.  10781
  It is better to be lost than to be saved all alone.    Amiel.  10782
  It is better to be nothing than a knave.    M. Antoninus.  10783
  It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.    French Proverb.  10784
  It is better to be the head o’ the commonalty than the tail o’ the gentry.    Scotch Proverb.  10785
  It is better to be wrong by rule than to be wrong with nothing but the fitful caprice of our disposition to impel us.    Natalia in “Wilhelm Meister.”  10786
  It is better to cleanse ourselves of our sins now, than to reserve them to be cleansed at some future time.    Thomas à Kempis.  10787
  It is better to create than to be learned. Creating is the essence of life.    Niebuhr.  10788
  It is better to die once than live always in fear of death.    Cæsar.  10789
  It is better to do well than to say well.    Proverb.  10790
  It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.    Bible.  10791
  It is better to fight for the good than to rail at the ill.    Tennyson.  10792
  It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting.    Bible.  10793
  It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.    Daniel Defoe.  10794
  It is better to have friends in our passage through life than grateful dependants; and as love is a more willing, so it is a more lasting tribute than extorted obligation.    Goldsmith.  10795
  It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.    Tennyson.  10796
  It is better to have one’s evil days when one is young than when one is old.    Carlyle.  10797
  It is better to have to do with God than with His saints.    French Proverb.  10798
  It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.    Bible.  10799
  It is better to live by begging one’s bread than to gratify the mouth at the expense of others.    Hitopadesa.  10800
  It is better to live in a haunted forest … than to live amongst relations after the loss of wealth.    Hitopadesa.  10801
  It is better to live on the crust of your own industry than on the fruits of other people’s.    Cervantes.  10802
  It is better to make friends than adversaries of a conquered race.    B. R. Haydon.  10803
  It is better to trust the eye than the ear.    German Proverb.  10804
  It is bitter fare eating one’s own words.    Danish Proverb.  10805
  It is but the outer hem of God’s great mantle our poor stars do gem.    Ruskin.  10806
  It is but vain to waste honey on those that will be caught with gall.    Quarles.  10807
  It is by attempting to reach the top by a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.    Cobbett.  10808
  It is by being conversant with the inventions of others that we learn to invent, as by reading the thoughts of others we learn to think.    Joshua Reynolds.  10809
  It is by faith that poetry as well as devotion soars above this dull earth.    Henry Giles.  10810
  It is by his personal conduct that any man of ordinary power will do the greatest amount of good that is in him to do.    Ruskin.  10811
  It is by imitation, more than by precept, that we learn anything.    Burke.  10812
  It is by presence of mind in untried circumstances that the native metal of a man is tested.    Lowell.  10813
  It is by study that we become contemporaries of every age and citizens of the world. (?)  10814
  It is certain my belief gains quite infinitely the moment I can convince another mind thereof.    Novalis.  10815
  It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught as men take diseases, one of another.    2 Henry IV., v. 1.  10816
  It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. Our strength is measured by our plastic power.    Carlyle.  10817
  It is cheap enough to say, “God help you.”    Proverb.  10818
  It is common to esteem most what is unknown.    Tacitus.  10819
  It is commonly the imagination which is wounded first, rather than the heart; it is so much more sensitive.    Thoreau.  10820
  It is courage that conquers in war, and not good weapons.    Spanish Proverb.  10821
  It is cowardly to quit the post the gods elect for us before they permit us.    Pythagoras.  10822
  It is delightful, after wandering in the thick darkness of metaphysics, to behold again the fair face of Truth.    Carlyle.  10823
  It is delightful to transport one’s self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what a glorious height we have at last reached.    Goethe.  10824
  It is difficult to act a part long, for where truth is not at the bottom, nature will peep out and betray itself one time or other.    South.  10825
  It is difficult to descend with grace without seeming to fall.    Blair.  10826
  It is difficult to do good without multiplying the sources of evil.    Ruskin.  10827
  It is difficult to feel deep veneration and great affection for one and the same person.    La Rochefoucauld.  10828
  It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.    Longfellow.  10829
  It is difficult to say whether irresolution renders a man the more unhappy or the more despicable; also whether it is productive of worse consequences to make a bad resolution, or none at all.    La Bruyère.  10830
  It is difficulties that give birth to miracles.    Dr. Sharpe.  10831
  It is dreary (öde) to be able to respect nothing but one’s self.    Fr. Hebbel.  10832
  It is doubt (Zweifel) which turns good into bad.    Goethe.  10833
  It is downright madness to contend where we are sure to be worsted.    L’Estrange.  10834
  It is easier for a wit to keep fire in his mouth, than to hold in a witty saying that he is burning to tell.    Cicero.  10835
  It is easier not to begin to go wrong than it is to turn back and do better after beginning.    President Garfield.  10836
  It is easier to carry the world in one’s thoughts than on one’s shoulders.    A. B. Alcott.  10837
  It is easier to know man in general than men in particular.    La Rochefoucauld.  10838
  It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.    Ben. Franklin.  10839
  It is easier to worship than to obey.    Jean Paul.  10840
  It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.    Montaigne.  10841
  It is easy for a man who sits idle at home, and has nobody to please but himself, to ridicule or censure the common ways of mankind.    Johnson.  10842
  It is easy for men to write and talk like philosophers; but to act with wisdom, there’s the rub.    Rivarol.  10843
  It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.    Emerson.  10844
  It is easy to be a spendthrift with other people’s property.    Platen.  10845
  It is easy to condemn; it is better to pity.    Abbott.  10846
  It is easy to criticise an author, but it is difficult to appreciate him.    Vauvenargues.  10847
  It is easy to give offence, though it is hard to appease.    Grillparzer.  10848
  It is easy to open a shop, but hard to keep it open.    Chinese Proverb.  10849
  It is easy to screw one’s self up into high and ever higher altitudes of Transcendentalism, and see nothing under one but the everlasting snows of Himalaya, the earth shrinking into a planet, and the indigo firmament sowing itself with daylight stars; but whither does it lead? One dreads always to inanity and mere injuring of the lungs.    Carlyle to Emerson.  10850
  It is enough for thee to know what each day wills; and what each day wills the day itself will tell.    Goethe.  10851
  It is exactly in the treatment of trifles that a man shows what he is.    Schopenhauer.  10852
  It is exceedingly difficult for a man to be as narrow as he could have been had he lived a century ago.    Whipple.  10853
  It is excellent / To have a giant’s strength, but tyrannous, / To use it like a giant.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.  10854
  It is falling in with their own mistaken ideas that makes fools and beggars of the half of mankind.    Young.  10855
  It is fancy, not the reason of things, that makes us so uneasy.    L’Estrange.  10856
  It is far better to give work which is above the men than to educate the men to be above their work.    Ruskin.  10857
  It is far easier to make a great rush than to plod steadily on through a long life.    Spurgeon.  10858
  It is far from universally true that to get a thing you must aim at it. There are some things which can only be gained by renouncing them.    Renan.  10859
  It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and ease exertion in the proper place, than to expend both indiscriminately.    Ruskin.  10860
  It is folly to lay out money in the purchase of repentance.    Ben. Franklin.  10861
  It is folly to live in Rome and strive with the Pope.    Proverb.  10862
  It is folly to pretend that one ever wholly recovers from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.    Longfellow.  10863
  It is for the sake of him (the virtuous man) and of those like him that the earth exists and maintains itself in being.    Renan.  10864
  It is for truth that God created genius.    Lamartine.  10865
  It is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.    La Rochefoucauld.  10866
  It is force and right that determine everything in the world; force till right is ready.    Joubert. (?)  10867
  It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man’s life.    Cicero.  10868
  It is from books that wise men derive consolation in the troubles of life.    Victor Hugo.  10869
  It is from the difference we feel between the finitude of fact and the infinitude of fantasy that all the evils spring which torment humanity.    Rousseau.  10870
  It is fruition, and not possession, that renders us happy.    Montaigne.  10871
  It is generally a sign of a small mind to think differently from great minds.    Goethe.  10872
  It is given us to live only once in the world.    Goethe.  10873
  It is good for a man to be driven, were it by never such harsh methods, into looking at this great universe with his own eyes, for himself and not for another, and trying to adjust himself truly there.    Carlyle.  10874
  It is good that we sometimes be contradicted, and that we always bear it well; for perfect peace cannot be had in this world.    Jeremy Taylor.  10875
  It is good to do nothing bad, but better to wish nothing bad.    M. Claudius.  10876
  It is good to fear the worst; the best can save itself.    Proverb.  10877
  It is good to lend to God and the soil; they pay good interest.    Danish Proverb.  10878
  It is good to rub and polish our brains against that of others.    Montaigne.  10879
  It is great, it is manly, to disdain disguise.    Young.  10880
  It is great prudence to gain as many friends as we honestly can, especially when it may be done at so easy a rate as a good word.    Judge Hale.  10881
  It is hard even to the most miserable to die.    Proverb.  10882
  It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.    Proverb.  10883
  It is hard to be poor and honest.    Proverb.  10884
  It is hard to carry a full cup.    Proverb.  10885
  It is hard to kick against the pricks.    Proverb.  10886
  It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it.    South.  10887
  It is hard to put old heads on young shoulders.    Proverb.  10888
  It is hard to suffer wrong and pay for it too.    Proverb.  10889
  It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age; but to escape censure, a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing. (?)  10890
  It is harder to marry a daughter well than to bring her up well.    Proverb.  10891
  It is harder to weave than to gather wool.    Spurgeon.  10892
  It is harder work to resist vices and passions, than to toil in bodily labours.    Thomas à Kempis.  10893
  It is his excess of sensibility that distinguishes man from other animals.    Schopenhauer.  10894
  It is his moral sentences on mankind or the state that rank the prose writer among the sages.    John Morley.  10895
  It is his restraint which is honourable to a man, not his liberty.    Ruskin.  10896
  It is human nature to hate him whom you have injured.    Tacitus.  10897
  It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where men care not to do a thing, they shelter themselves under a persuasion that it cannot be done.    South.  10898
  It is ill standing in dead men’s shoes.    Proverb.  10899
  It is ill to take out of the flesh what is bred in the bone.    Proverb.  10900
  It is impossible completely to understand what we do not love.    Mrs. Jameson.  10901
  It is impossible for any man to form a right judgment of his neighbour’s sufferings.    Addison.  10902
  It is impossible that an ill-natured man can have a public spirit; for how should he love ten thousand men who never loved one?    Pope.  10903
  It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.    Swift.  10904
  It is impossible to be a hero in anything unless one is first a hero in faith.    Jacobi.  10905
  It is impossible to be just, if one is not generous.    Pascal.  10906
  It is in great perils we see great acts of daring.    Regnard.  10907
  It is in human nature soon to relax when not impelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.    Goethe.  10908
  It is in the politic as in the human constitution; if the limbs grow too large for the body, their size, instead of improving, will diminish, the vigour of the whole.    Goldsmith.  10909
  It is in the soul of man, when reverence, love, intelligence, magnanimity have been developed there, that the Highest can disclose itself face to face in sun-splendour, independent of all cavils and jargonings;—there, of a surety, and nowhere else.    Carlyle.  10910
  It is in the world that a man, devout or other, has his life to lead, his work waiting to be done.    Carlyle.  10911
  It is in trifles that the mind betrays itself.    Bulwer Lytton.  10912
  It is in vain for a man to be born fortunate, if he be unfortunate in his marriage.    Dacier.  10913
  It is incalculable what by arranging, commanding, and regimenting you can make of men.    Carlyle.  10914
  It is inconceivable how much wit it requires to avoid being ridiculous.    Chamfort.  10915
  It is incredible how much the mind can do to sustain the body.    Goethe.  10916
  It is indeed all twilight in this world, a trifle more or less.    Goethe.  10917
  It is indeed only in old age that intellectual men attain their sublime expression.    Schopenhauer.  10918
  It is infamy to die and not be missed.    C. Wilcox.  10919
  It is invariably found that the contented man is a weak man.    John Wagstaffe.  10920
  It is joy to think the best we can of human kind.    Wordsworth.  10921
  It is just those who grope with the mole and cling with the bat who are vainest of their sight and of their wings.    Ruskin.  10922
  It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.    Tacitus.  10923
  It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.    Dryden.  10924
  It is matter of the commonest remark how a timid man who is in love will show courage, or an indolent man will show diligence.    Matthew Arnold.  10925
  It is meet / That noble minds keep ever with their likes; / For who so firm that cannot be seduced?    Julius Cæsar, i. 2.  10926
  It is mere cowardice to take safety in negations.    George Eliot.  10927
  It is mere Philistinism on the part of private individuals to bestow too much interest on matters that do not concern them.    Goethe.  10928
  It is more blessed to give than to receive.    Jesus.  10929
  It is more difficult, and calls for higher energies of the soul, to live a martyr than to die one.    H. Mann.  10930
  It is more honourable to be raised to a throne than be born to one; fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.    Petrarch.  10931
  It is more important to discover a new source of happiness on earth than a new planet in the sky. (?)  10932
  It is more kindly to laugh at human life than to grin at it.    Wieland.  10933
  It is more painful to do nothing than something.    Proverb.  10934
  It is more pleasing to see smoke brightening into flame than flame sinking into smoke.    Johnson.  10935
  It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.    Disraeli.  10936
  It is much easier to bind on a wreath than to find a head worthy to wear it.    Goethe.  10937
  It is much easier to recognise error than to find truth; the former lies on the surface, the latter rests in the depths.    Goethe.  10938
  It is much more easy to inspire a passion than a faith.    Simms.  10939
  It is much safer to obey than to govern.    Thomas à Kempis.  10940
  It is natural to a man to believe what he wishes to be true, and to believe it because he wishes it.    Schopenhauer.  10941
  It is natural to man to regard himself as the final cause of creation.    Goethe.  10942
  It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.    Bible.  10943
  It is never permitted to any one in heaven to stand behind another and look at the back of his head: for then the influx which is from the Lord is disturbed.    Swedenborg.  10944
  It is never too late to mend.    Proverb.  10945
  It is never wise to slip the bonds of discipline.    Lewis Wallace.  10946
  It is no man’s business whether he has genius or not: work he must, whatever he is, but quietly and steadily; and the natural and unforced results of such work will always be the things that God meant him to do, and will be his best.    Ruskin.  10947
  It is no mean happiness to be seated in the mean.    Mer. of Ven., i. 2.  10948
  It is no more in our power to love always than it was not to love.    La Bruyère.  10949
  It is no more possible to prevent thought from reverting to an ideal than the sea from returning to the shore.    Joseph Cook.  10950
  It is no small commendation to manage a little well. He is a good waggoner that can turn in a little room.    Bp. Hall.  10951
  It is no such heinous matter to fall afflicted, as, being down, to lie dejected.    St. Chrysostom.  10952
  It is no wonder man’s religion has much suffering in it; no wonder he needs a suffering God.    George Eliot.  10953
  It is nobler to become great than to be born great.    Proverb.  10954
  It is nobler to convert souls than to conquer kingdoms.    Louis le Debonnaire.  10955
  It is not a question how much a man knows, but what use he can make of what he knows.    J. G. Holland.  10956
  It is not advisable to reward where men have the tenderness not to punish.    L’Estrange.  10957
  It is not always necessary that the true should embody (verkörpere) itself; enough if it hovers around spiritually and produce accordance (Uebereinstimmung) in us; if it hover (wogt) through the atmosphere in earnest friendly tones like the sound of bells.    Goethe.  10958
  It is not an unhealthy (kränkelnde) moral philosophy, but a sturdy morality that is of any profit to us.    Feuchtersleben.  10959
  It is not because of his toils that I lament for the poor; we must all toil, or steal, which is worse; no faithful workman finds his task a pastime…. But what I do mourn over is that the lamp of his soul should go out; that no ray of heavenly, or even earthly, knowledge should visit him; but only in the haggard darkness, like two spectres, Fear and Indignation bear him company.    Carlyle.  10960
  It is not by shirking difficulties that we can remove them or escape them.    M. R. Greg.  10961
  It is not enough that a poet possess inspiration; his inspiration must be that of a cultured spirit.    Schiller.  10962
  It is not enough to aim; you must hit.    Italian Proverb.  10963
  It is not enough to know how to steal; one must know also how to conceal.    Italian Proverb.  10964
  It is not enough to know, one must also apply; it is not enough to will to do, one must also do.    Goethe.  10965
  It is not enough to speak, but to speak true.    Mid. N.’s Dream, v. 1.  10966
  It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.    Goethe.  10967
  It is not every man that can afford to wear a shabby coat.    Colton.  10968
  It is not everybody one would set to choose a horse or a pig; how much less a member of Parliament?    Ruskin.  10969
  It is not everybody who can bend the bow of Ulysses, and most men only do themselves a mischief by trying to bend it.    John Morley.  10970
  It is not fit to tell others anything but what they can take up. A man understands nothing but what is commensurate with him.    Goethe.  10971
  It is not from masters, but from their equals, that youths learn a knowledge of the world.    Goldsmith.  10972
  It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.    Fielding.  10973
  It is not given to the world to be contented.    Goethe.  10974
  It is not good for man to be, especially to work, alone.    Goethe.  10975
  It is not good to have an oar in every one’s boat.    Camden.  10976
  It is not good to meddle with divine mysteries.    Goethe.  10977
  It is not good to pass by that we dislike, even to gain that which we like; for the water of life becometh mortal when mixed with a poison.    Hitopadesa.  10978
  It is not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts, but the view we take of these things as insulting.    Epictetus.  10979
  It is not his own individual sins that the hero atones for, but original sin, i.e., the crime of existence.    Schopenhauer.  10980
  It is not history which educates the conscience; it is conscience which educates history.    Amiel.  10981
  It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.    Bible.  10982
  It is not juggling that is to be blamed, but much juggling; for the world cannot be governed without it.    Selden.  10983
  It is not lost that comes at last.    Proverb.  10984
  It is not merely by virtue of the sunlight that falls now, and the rain and dew which it brings, that we continue here, but by virtue of the sunlight of æons of past ages.    John Burroughs.  10985
  It is not metre, but metre-making agreement that makes a poem, a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architect of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.    Emerson.  10986
  It is not poetry, but prose run mad.    Pope.  10987
  It is not possible to buy obedience with money.    Carlyle.  10988
  It is not proper to place confidence in one who cometh without any apparent cause.    Hitopadesa.  10989
  It is not propositions, not new dogmas and a logical exposition of the world, that are our first need; but to watch and tenderly cherish the intellectual and moral sensibilities, those fountains of right thought, and woo them to stay and make their home with us.    Emerson.  10990
  It is not quite so easy to do good as those may imagine who never try.    Rd. Sharp.  10991
  It is not so much our neighbour’s interest as our own that we love him.    Bp. Wilson.  10992
  It is not so much the being exempt from faults, as the having overcome them, that is an advantage to us.    Swift.  10993
  It is not strength, but art obtains the prize.    Pope.  10994
  It is not the beard that makes the philosopher.    Proverb.  10995
  It is not the custom when a prince doth sneeze to say, as to other persons, “God help you,” but only to make a low reverence.    Gerbier.  10996
  It is not the face which deceives; it is we who deceive ourselves in reading in it what is not there.    Schopenhauer.  10997
  It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.    Dr. Caird.  10998
  It is not the fraud, but the cold-heartedness which is chiefly dreadful in treachery.    Ruskin.  10999


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